As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 29 February 2016

Staggering £275k reward to find 'evil goose killer' who gunned down bird in 'drive-by shooting'

19:24, 26 FEB 2016
UPDATED 19:41, 26 FEB 2016

The bird, who features on the village welcome sign in Sandon, Hertfordshire, died on Sunday amid reports he was shot in the head

Villagers have been left sickened after a much-loved goose was killed in a drive-by shooting.
The bird, known fondly as 'Goose' died on Sunday, amid reports from villagers that he was shot in the head with an air rifle by a man leaning out of a 4x4 vehicle.

His death has sparked a national outcry among animal lovers who heard he became part of the community in Sandon, Herts., where he even features on the village welcome sign.
And now there is even a staggering reward of £275,000 being offered to those who can find the culprits behind the animal's death.

Two members of the public contacted the BBC 's Jeremy Vine Show today to offer rewards - £250,000 from Peter Hunt in Eastbourne, Sussex, and £25,000 from John Barker in Cambridge.

Texting into the show, Mr Hunt said: "I would like to offer £250,000 to whoever catches the vile killers of the goose so long as it leads to a conviction.

"This incident makes me feel sick."

And after calling in to the Radio 2 lunchtime programme, Mr Barker said: "I am very upset about the whole situation.

"They are utterly scumbags and toerags.

"If the people responsible hand themselves in I will write them a cheque and hand it to them personally.

"They have taken the law into their own hands."

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